Barnegat High School football running back A.J. Opre scored two touchdowns as the Bengals beat visiting Holmdel 37-6 on Thursday in the season opener.
The win avenged a loss by Barnegat to the Hornets last year.
The Bengals went up 13-6 on a 40-yard Hail Mary pass from quarterback Cinjun Erskine to Ricky Gerena with no time on the clock at the end of the first half.
Ryan Ulrich put the Bengals ahead 16-6 with a 23-yard field goal for the only score of the third quarter. Opre's 3-yard run and Ulrich's kick made it 23-6 in the fourth quarter. Tyler McGuiness scored on a 4-yard run, and teammate Marty Bowen returned a fumble for a final TD.
Holmdel 0 6 0 0-6
Barnegat 7 6 3 21-37
B-Opre 1 run (Ulrich kick)
H-Condito 2 run (kick failed)
B-Gerena 40 pass from Erskine (extra point failed)
B-Ulrich 23 field goal
B-Opre 3 run (Ulrich kick)
B-McGuinness 4 run (Ulrich kick)
B-Bowen fumble return (Ulrich kick)
Records-B 1-0, H 0-1.